My brother is a bit of a mentor to a 16 year old kid who’s name is Elijah. Elijah came over to join our family on Super Bowl Sunday and we were chatting about the game, movies and the commercials. When the commercial for The Phantom Menace in 3D came on he legitimately said it was his favorite of them all and the best one. When I sad that the best of the series was Empire Strikes Back and that of the prequels I thought that The Revenge of the Sith was the best, he looked at me, cocked his head to the side and said “Really?”
He was honest and I can’t fault him for that. I think that this generation of teenagers have a fondness and a love for the Star Wars prequels, cartoons and more that most adults can’t understand. These truly were the Star Wars films of their youth and while we may not be able to view them as anything other than shallow imitations a lot of young people truly love them.
People hate George Lucas for the prequels and for turning the saga into something different, but in the end Star Wars will live on because of this next generation of nerds and how they present the series to their children. They’re growing up in an age where 3D films are the greatest thing ever and while adults are slow to accept all this change, they’ll be accepting it simply because it’s there.
I was trying to be a part of a conversation during Fantastic Fest where a guy was explaining how he showed Star Wars to his kids and how they’d started watching The Clone Wars but now it was their first time really seeing the films. He was imposing how he felt the films should be seen and I didn’t know what to think about that. The guy was a massive cock and butted me out of the conversation even though one of my friends who was talking to him asked me what I thought of the blu-rays. He was kind of a douche.
And that’s how I think a lot of Star Wars fans are now. They’re imposing douche bags. Let the kids watch the films how they want. Stop trying to say “Oh well these films are better” because the truth is you’re seeing them all with nostalgia glasses.